After visiting my friends at J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works in Malden, West Virginia, a while back, I decided to wind my way along the Kanawha River and check out a city that I’d been hearing a lot of buzz about— Charleston. Three days later, I had fallen in love with this folksy capital of the Mountain South—a city just as hip and historic as it was hyped up to be. Not only did I get a palate-expanding taste of Appalachian cuisine—I grew to understand and appreciate the culture that brought it to life. Here are just a few of my discoveries from my days spent walking the streets of Charleston with the new friends I met there.
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